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Go Green - Rent Your College Textbooks

Do you consider yourself to be an eco-conscious college student? If you are looking for ways to go green while saving yourself some green, you might want to consider renting your college textbooks. By renting your college textbooks, you can reduce your carbon footprint while also saving yourself a substantial amount of money when compared to buying your textbooks new.

Reduce Waste When You Rent Textbooks

When you rent your college textbooks, you can reduce the amount of waste that is produced by creating more books than necessary. After all, if your college textbook is sitting unused on a bookshelf, more books will need to be produced in order to meet consumer demand. Not only does production of additional textbooks result in waste and pollution, but your book will also do nothing more than fill a landfill if you someday decide to get rid of it.

Save Trees When You Rent Textbooks

Renting textbooks also helps to save trees. Consider these facts:

  • The average textbook contains 700 pages
  • One tree produces only 8,333 sheets of paper
  • 626,000 tons of paper is used to produce books every year in the United States alone

While trees are still used to produce the textbook you rent, you can help reduce the number of trees that are destroyed because you can be certain your textbook will be used over and over again.

Save Fuel When You Rent Textbooks

Renting textbooks can also potentially help you reduce the use of fuel. After all, your college bookstore may not have enough books in stock, which means you might have to drive to multiple bookstores in order to find the textbook you need in time for your classes. Or, you may take your classes online, in which case you will have to travel to the college campus or to another bookstore in order to get the books you need. Since textbook rental companies operate online, you don’t have to drive anywhere to find the books you need. Rather, you simply search the Website with the book's ISBN number and the textbook will be delivered at your door.

While there are certainly other ways to help the environment, renting your textbooks is one small step you can take toward living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Furthermore, this is one earth-friendly step that you can take without taking on additional costs. In fact, renting a textbook can help you save anywhere from 50 to 85 percent off of the cover costs. Considering the fact that rental companies only rent out books that are new or like new, you can rest easy in knowing that the quality won't suffer for the sake of going green.